a lib marxist critique of Lenin

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piter
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May 21 2010 21:27
a lib marxist critique of Lenin

I wrote a Phd thesis which is a marxist critique of Lenin. I started working on marxism while I was a leninit (a trotskist, with the french group Lutte ouvrière) and it led me to became a kind of libertarian/councilist/situationnist marxist. it's been done in a militant perspective so I feel it should be shared. I don't know if it (or maybe smaller texts that I wrote) can be put online here...or maybe I can send it to people interested if they ask me so...
by the way, it is in french...
if someone's interested I can post here the one page summary that I wrote in (bad) english.

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May 22 2010 13:40

There's a fair bit of stuff that fits that description available, here and elsewhere, but if you really want to have a go at it, speaking just for myself, sure, slap it up here so we can take a look. (I'm sure this board has seen worse!)

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May 22 2010 14:17

yeah, sure, a lot of things in it would not look so new to many people here. but maybe not everything in it.
but how can I put it here? it's a Phd thesis, so it's 260 pages. is it possible?

to begin with I just drop the (badly written, sorry I'm french) english summary (the rest is in french. I don't know if many people here read french...)

so here's the summary in english :

"Lenin was the first to go as far as he did in the definition of what could be the practical means and conditions of a revolutionary transition toward socialism, defining it precisely in terms of practices, institutions and economic policy. Lenin affirms that, revolution becoming a question of actuality, it is necessary for socialism to go from a general and abstract perspective to a practical problem. He tried to show that capitalist development, with imperialism and war, created institutions that permitted a centralised control of an economy that was becoming more and more socialised. Socialist transition would start with a revolutionary takeover of these institutions that would permit to resolve the contradiction between private property and social production.
For Lenin, hierarchical management was not a practical base for class relations but a technical necessity, so he thought it possible and necessary to use capitalist structure, once it is state controlled, for preparing the conditions of socialism. We think the main weakness of Lenin’s project was that it did not integrate a critique of political economy showing the necessity to oppose to capital a free association of producers that realises a democratic mode of direction. That’s why leninist political practice gave way to a statist transformation of capital and not to its destruction. Charged to direct a mode of production that remained antagonistic the bolshevik power soon became independent from the workers and realised by a specialised political apparatus. The politics of transition to socialism through state capitalism leads to a dictatorship that can’t realise workers emancipation but imposes the necessity of an industrialisation that reproduces separation between the producers and the means of production and also the orientation of production towards accumulation. We try to show how the results of Lenin’s conceptions relates to the limits of political action when it is not going hand in hand with the abolition of the class relations bases in production and especially of a hierarchical direction that realises capital impersonation in a ruling class.
We conclude that a communist transition must replace a mode of cooperation directed by capital by one directed workers associating together, and resulting from their revolutionary self-activity. It must be based on practices of association developed without the mediation of capital or of the state and directed towards their replacement. It must be carried by a social revolution realising the hegemony of an acting and creative democracy of producers, imposing against capital, relations of a new and higher quality that men and women would implement between themselves and with nature, giving rise to an enrichment that would be the enrichment of human faculties."

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May 22 2010 21:23

You could try and load it as a pdf.

piter
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May 22 2010 23:17

thanks for the suggestion October. I have a pdf version of it but how to load it on libcom?

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May 22 2010 23:34

If you go to 'submit content' you should be able to submit a library article, and the form should have an option to attach a PDF file

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May 22 2010 23:50

ok. thanks for your explanation. I'll submit it tommorrow.

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May 23 2010 12:36

I've submitted the text. it is called "Lénine et l'actualité de la révolution : une critique marxiste anti-autoritaire de Lénine".

I've also submit a shorter one which is a few pages text about "Léninisme ou communisme" (leninism or communism). it's something I've written for a small presentation done in my university, in France, during a student movement (i was working on my Phd at the time). I hope it may be useful as a kind of easy readable summary (for those who read french...). well, a summary of how I see it, maybe not everybody will agree.